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Private Toll roads dont work -M6 loses out

pierre_pierre
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Registered: 30-07-2007

Private Toll roads dont work -M6 loses out

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11132747
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Private toll roads are not a cost-effective answer to traffic problems, the government has been warned.
A report by the Campaign for Better Transport said the UK's only private motorway toll, the M6 Toll, had not significantly cut congestion.
Its owners lose tens of millions of pounds a year on the road, near Birmingham, campaigners added.
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nadger
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Re: Private Toll roads dont work -M6 loses out

I used it when it first opened and was at a reduced rate.
Once it was full price I didn't bother as it wasn't really a charge I could pass on to customers.
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Re: Private Toll roads dont work -M6 loses out

I use it as often as I can, when going to North Wales... it is a super road, with nice smooth surface..... unlike the bumptey bump, that wrecks your suspensions and gives you headaches,  going through Brum. There is little traffic, and it is a pleasure to drive on .... gives a nice break from the hassle of the M6 and other congested roads....
the only problem I have, is actually finding the southern end (entry)... as it is signed about 2 miles from the junction of the M 42 (7a) but then it is not mentioned and the overhead roadsign says M6 South (London)....it is not until you get to J9 that the M6 Toll is signposted again!...
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Re: Private Toll roads dont work -M6 loses out

I like to use it, for similar reasons to Shutter.  Smiley
I think it would get more traffic if the toll was a bit lower (especially for cars).
And dare I suggest a higher speed limit......... Lips are sealed
Superuser
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Re: Private Toll roads dont work -M6 loses out

I'm with Shutter and HPsauce.  I use it whenever heading down to the in-laws, and is always a welcome sight.  We've even used it on Christmas day, when the roads have been very quiet.  We like the services on there as well.
Phil
gswindale
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Registered: 05-04-2007

Re: Private Toll roads dont work -M6 loses out

Don't use it anymore, but it was a great route when it first opened - took 30-45 minutes off my journey time up to my parent's old house.  They lived literally 5 minutes away from one of the junctions (just South/East of the services at Norton Canes) and the additional charge for use was more than outweighed by the time saved (and possibly fuel?).